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  • harmonicat
    harmonicat - 1985 Honda Civic - Brakes - 1/13/2012
    Does this car have disc brakes on the rear
    Rear brakes squealing
    • Jay Giron
      1/13/2012 Jay Giron
      It has rear drum brakes, but it might be modified to disc brake system.
  • GReeser
    GReeser - 1998 Honda Civic - Brakes - 1/11/2012
    I hear a progressive knock while braking. Happened after changing brake pads & resurfacing rotors due to wear.
    I just purchased it about 4 months ago. The vehicle has about 160k on chassis & said weren't sure about motor as it had been changed. This symptom occurred after I did the front brakes. I re-greased caliper guide pins & upper & lower pad/shim contact points. ...
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  • sam1987
    sam1987 - 2003 Honda Accord - Brakes - 1/9/2012
    What's wrong with the car when push brake it's shaking
  • marcusl88
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/25/2011 HouseCallAuto
      If the light illuminated only after doing the struts then the cause will likely be a wheel speed sensor or wire leading to it that became damaged during the strut removal / install process. Read the ABS codes to identify which side is the cause.
  • rsadler777
    rsadler777 - 2008 Honda Odyssey - Brakes - 12/16/2011
    When breaking at stop light or stop sign a grinding sound is heard.
    Took van to have breaks checked and mechanic said everything looks okay. What else could it be? A little vibration is felt in the break pedal as well.
    • Jimm
      12/16/2011 Jimm
      Several possibilities; worn / loose front or rear wheel bearing, worn brake pads, worn / warped brake rotor. Pull the wheel to check the brake condition - maybe consider having it checked by a different repair shop.
      Any abnormal noise heard or any vibration detected is not an indication that everything is OK. Try the 'How-To-Guides' feature on this website for specific steps to check and diagnose the brake system.
  • kabir
    kabir - 2011 Honda Accord - Brakes - 12/15/2011
    • Jay Giron
      12/15/2011 Jay Giron
      the pcm isn't communicating with the VSA control module
      that's the only code that shows up, have you tried just clearing it and seeing if it comes back?

      unplug anything recently? loose connections.. etc
  • George
    George - 1991 Honda CRX - Brakes - 12/14/2011
    Left front disc get hot new disc new pads. Any answers
    Any answers?
    • CVO
      12/7/2011 CVO
      A stuck or frozen caliper might be the cause of this problem.( a clogged brake lines might be involved ).
      You might need to swap the caliper left to right and vice-versa to see if the problem will travel with the caliper.
    • vvue625
      12/14/2011 vvue625
      Yes check the caliper, brake cable,lines. Worst could happen is rotor warp. will get squeaky and annoying
  • classic
    classic - 2003 Honda Odyssey - Brakes - 12/4/2011
    How do I flush old brake fluid from a 2003 Honda odyssey.
    brake fluid has turned to a dark color.
    • Jimm
      12/4/2011 Jimm
      Try the 'How-To-Guides' feature on this website for the specific steps to drain (flush) and refill / bleed the fluid from the brake system.
  • Larry
    Larry - 2001 Honda Accord - Brakes - 12/1/2011
    How do you change brake pads
  • Clyde
    Clyde - 1999 Honda Accord - Brakes - 11/24/2011
    Brakes needed bleeding?
    Brakes system need fixing.
    • yboy82
      11/24/2011 yboy82
      Do you have a spongy/soft brake or you have a low brake pedal?
      11/25/2011 Clyde
      What is the meaning of a automatic transmission?
  • chris
    chris - 2006 Honda Accord - Brakes - 11/18/2011
    Are ceramic brake pads worth the extra cost? I hate all the brake dust my pads put off
    Just curious if it's worth the extra money for ceramic brake pads. Do they last any longer? Doing it mainly to reduce the dust on my rims
    • CVO
      11/18/2011 CVO

      Ceramic brakes and pads have become increasingly popular since 1985. They have many desirable traits. You get brakes and pads with a combination of copper and ceramic. Ceramic is great and handling high temperatures, provide faster recovery after stopping, and generate less wear and dust. Ceramic brakes and brake compounds offer a quieter solution to braking. The stop frequency is produced at a level that is beyond what the human ear can detect. It is nice not to hear the squeaks and noises. This is especially true if you have long commutes everyday.
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/18/2011 HouseCallAuto
      I would never tell anyone with a Honda to use any other brake pad besides genuine Honda brake pads. Rarely is someone able to install aftermarket pads and have them last or perform better than the genuine Honda pads. 36 years doing brakes, trust what I say.
      11/18/2011 CVO
      Maitre HCA. Bonjour et merci pour la reponse.
  • Trashman
    Trashman - 2000 Honda CR-V - Brakes - 11/11/2011
    Replacing front rotors and brake pads
    I'm planning to replace the front rotors and brake pads. Apparently you're supposed to smear a special grease on the shims to keep the pads from squealing. It seems to me you don't want grease anywhere near the pads and rotors as grease could interfere with ...
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/8/2011 HouseCallAuto
      Just a small amount on the back of the pad but all over and in between the shims. Use Honda pads only. Aftermarket rotors are OK.
      11/9/2011 Trashman
      Why only Honda pads?
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/10/2011 HouseCallAuto
      I have been doing brakes for 36 years. Honda cars are very sensitive to the quality of brake pad used and in every case (not most, I said every) in my own past and other mechanics always concurred with me, the aftermarket pads always made excessive squealing noise or rubbing sounds and had premature wearout. These days whenever I do a brake job on a Honda, any Honda, I intentionally drive 10 miles to my local dealer and I pay probably $25 to $40 add'l money to buy the OE pads. The pads come with these very high-quality shims and special paste that is incomparable to anything you will get at any auto parts store. This alone should tell you something. It certainly is not profit motivated. Use Honda pads or you will wish you did.
      11/10/2011 Trashman
      Thanks, that's good enough for me. Good to know as we're getting ready to purchase our second CR-V. Still not sure how the grease thing fits in. I'm a licensed aircraft mechanic and all common sense tells me that squealing comes from foreign debris between the pads and rotor. How the grease stops squealing in an area that has little movement and how it doesn't migrate to the rotor and cause slippage - is beyond me. I'll take your word for it, but could you please explain?
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/10/2011 HouseCallAuto
      Think of the grease as a frequency dampener. Think of it as a way to have the shims and the pad always connected besides the fact that the shims are one over the other. Think of it as what happens to a tuning fork when it is ringing and you touch it with your hand. Brake squeal is the sound that is made when the brake pad oscillates or vibrates very fast while braking. The shims and the grease (not just any grease mind you) are engineered to counteract that oscillation.
      11/11/2011 Trashman
      Excellent, now that makes perfect sense. You're good!!!! One last comment. I bought pads at Advanced Auto Parts for about $40. I just priced them at my local Honda dealer today and they want $88 per set. That's four times the price of aftermarket, but you convinced me. I'll be returning the auto parts set. You've been a great help. Thank you.
      11/11/2011 HouseCallAuto
      Two times the price + $8 right?
    • Trashman
      11/11/2011 Trashman
      No they want $88 per wheel. Advanced Auto charged me $40 for the complete set for both wheels.
      11/12/2011 HouseCallAuto
      Honda only sells brake pads as a set (for two wheels - one set can do one axle). No such thing as per wheel at Honda, impossible, you must have misunderstood.
    • thoiroi27
      11/11/2011 thoiroi27
      from auto part is goooooooooooooood as long as you do it right
  • Matt
    Matt - 1993 Honda Accord - Brakes - 11/10/2011
    My car sat for two weeks without starting. The parking brake (emergency brake) was engaged. Cannot disengage brake now
    Vehicle has 165,000 miles and runs well. When I attempted to drive, I could release the emergency brake lever; however the brake remained engaged. The car would not move forward or backwards.
    • Spoon Sports
      11/10/2011 Spoon Sports
      Ahh easy fix chief, same thing happened to my 93 Civic.

      The brake shoes are stuck. Jack the back of your car, remove the wheels and the brake drum cover, it will now expose the innards of your drum brakes, in the middle, there is a spur that you have to rotate to disengage the stuck shoes. What i did was move it by a couple of teeth then try rotating it until it spun freely.
  • FCaffey
    FCaffey - 1991 Honda Accord - Brakes - 11/8/2011
    Brakes are good, but the abs light is on. What could cause that?
    Brakes has been chanced but the abs light stays on.
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/8/2011 HouseCallAuto
      Nobody will know the answer to this until fault codes are accessed from the abs module. I am finding conflicting information as to where the location is of the place where you either read an led blinking or jump out the two pins of a "check connector". One repair source says its in the trunk on the pass side under a "maintenance lid" with a blinking led. Another source says it is behind the glove box a two pin connector that you simply jump out and then watch the abs light flash out the codes with pulses so I can't say for sure how to get codes.
  • Randy
    Randy - 1995 Honda Accord - Brakes - 11/1/2011
    Cruise wont work all of the switches have been checked and all fuses
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/1/2011 HouseCallAuto
      1. With the cruise control main switch on, test drive the vehicle and try and set the cruise. If the cruise light in the dash illuminates but the cruise will not operate, check vacuum to the servo and verify the servo operates.

      2. If the cruise set light does not operate, locate the cruise control unit under the driver's side or the dash area. Check the inputs from the brake switch first. Verify there is battery voltage on the Gray wire and the Light Green wire with the main switch on. If there is battery voltage on the Light Green wire and not the Gray wire, then look for a faulty brake switch.

      3. Next, check the set and resume switch inputs to the cruise control unit. To test the circuits backprobe and ground the wires at the cruise control unit, then push the switches. When the wires are grounded and the switches are depressed, the horn should operate. If it does not and the horn works, check the switches and the clock spring.

      3. Next, verify the clutch switch or gear switch inputs and the vehicle speed sensor input also verify the Black wire has a good ground. If there is no ground on the Pink wire to the clutch switch or the gear switch indicating the vehicle is in drive or the clutch is not depressed, the cruise will not set.
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